About 1,000 people are expected to sign up to try to outrun the bulls in Cave Creek during the Running of the Bulls, and about 5,000 people are expected to watch them. This will be the third time that this event has been in the Phoenix area -- in 2002 Rawhide (when it was still in Scottsdale) hosted it and last year was the first time for Cave Creek. They are bringing it back again in 2012, but for one day instead of three days. Participants will run a quarter mile while being chased by 40 huge bulls. There will be several runs during the event, entertainment between runs, vendors, food booths and a concert.
As you can imagine, the event has not been without controversy. There have been permit issues and liability/insurance issues. Runners must provide liability waivers and proof of medical insurance before they can participate. The event is not an official Town of Cave Creek event. PETA is opposed to bull runs, but organizers say that the bulls are not hurt, and enjoy the romp.
Is running with bulls on your bucket list? The Running of the Bulls in Cave Creek is a scaled-down version of what happens in Pamplona, Spain, but if you want to say you ran with bulls, here is your opportunity.
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: 6774 East Viola Lane in Cave Creek
How Much To Run with the Bulls? Single Run Bull Pass: $25; All Day Bull Run Pass: $75 (in advance). Prices at the gate are higher.
How Much To Watch Other People Run With the Bulls? Spectators ages 4-18: $5; Spectators over 18: $20
More Information: runwiththebullsusa.com